How to build forks for your tractor or skid steer.
Download these plans for turning your tractor or skidsteer into an all terrain forklift. Order below.
Improved design and updated plans. Along with CAD and 3D drawings, it now also includes a material list, how to manual, and numerous diagrams to make construction simple. It is thorough and simple to follow.
If you're here because you already know how useful forks are, and are just deciding whether or not to buy or build a set, you can skip ahead to the what's contained in the building guide. If you aren't familiar with what bucket forks are used for, and are just curious, you can read the section on their uses. I list examples of what I've used mine for over the years.
The plans are in universal PDF format. What's inside:
- Experience based how-to and many large illustrations and drawings. 20 size font so plans are easy to read.
- 2D CAD drawings of each part
- 3D Model Views in each CAD drawing to eliminate guess work
- Building tips and explanations
- Explanations on how to assemble the parts correctly
- Many diagrams to show how parts are put together
- You are shown where to weld, and how to keep parts from moving during welding
- How to attach to the bucket and safety precautions
- Prints can be printed on 8.5" x 11", or 11" x 17" paper.
- Designed for front end loader buckets with a 1/2" thick blade for most compact, subcompact tractors, SSL's, and CTL's, but can be easily scaled up for thicker blades.
- 90 day 100% money back guarantee. No hassles, no questions.
Build your own forks:
- Less expensive than manufactured forks
- Much larger underside supports and clamping surfaces than manufactured forks to prevent bucket damage
- Easy to intall and remove from your bucket
- Two clamps for enhanced locking stability vs. one clamp on manufactured forks.
- Will last as long as your machine. I've had mine for 10 years, and there is no wear or damage on them, and I use them a lot.
- 2000 Lbs evenly distributed median load per fork (1600 Lbs with 1.5x safety factor) / 4000 Lbs per pair (3200 Lbs with 1.5x safety factor)
- Only require a few beads of weld
- Doesn't require expensive exotic material
- Can be built in a weekend in your garage or workshop
- Only 10 unique parts per fork need to be made, many of which are just straight saw cuts. 15 parts in total. 11 through 15 can be purchased pre-made (Nuts, bolts, etc.)
I made every attempt to design forks that can be built with common tools, so you don't have to own a fabrication or machine shop to build them. These forks are not beyond the skill set of the average DIY craftsman using common tools in his shed or garage.
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I downloaded your fork plans yesterday. Great plans! I am newly retired and this is going to be my first metal works project."
Matt S. ~ from Whiteplains, NY
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Not only will building forks yourself be cheaper than store bought, but this manual will pay for itself by helping you avoid potential costly mistakes.
Bucket forks look inherently simple to build, and they are for the most part, but the devil is in the details like anything else. And it's never just one detail. There are always a bunch of little details that cause headaches trying to figure them out.
I designed a clamping mechanism that holds well and won't fail, underside supports that won't bend and dent your bucket and blade, and included reinforcment in weak areas without making the forks overly heavy. I have worked out the material dimensions for the correct strength, and have figured out the most efficient method for assembly.